AP Calculus BC : Vector Form

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Vector Form

Find the vector form of  to .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

When we are trying to find the vector form we need to remember the formula which states to take the difference between the ending and starting point.

Thus we would get:

Given  and  

In our case we have ending point at  and our starting point at .

Therefore we would set up the following and simplify.

 

 

Example Question #1 : Vector Form

Given points  and , what is the vector form of the distance between the points?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

In order to derive the vector form of the distance between two points, we must find the difference between the , and  elements of the points.

That is, for any point 

 and ,

the distance is the vector 

.

Subbing in our original points  and , we get:

Example Question #2 : Vector Form

Given points  and , what is the vector form of the distance between the points?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

In order to derive the vector form of the distance between two points, we must find the difference between the , , and elements of the points.

That is, for any point and , the distance is the vector .

Subbing in our original points  and ,  we get:

Example Question #1 : Vector Form

The graph of the vector function can also be represented by the graph of which of the following functions in rectangular form?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

We can find the graph of  in rectangular form by mapping the parametric coordinates to Cartesian coordinates :

We can now use this value to solve for :

Example Question #4 : Vector Form

The graph of the vector function can also be represented by the graph of which of the following functions in rectangular form?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

We can find the graph of  in rectangular form by mapping the parametric coordinates to Cartesian coordinates :

We can now use this value to solve for :

Example Question #5 : Vector Form

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

In general:

If ,

then 

Derivative rules that will be needed here:

  • Taking a derivative on a term, or using the power rule, can be done by doing the following:
  • Special rule when differentiating an exponential function: , where k is a constant.

In this problem, 

Put it all together to get 

Example Question #5 : Vector Form

Calculate 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Calculate the sum of vectors.

In general,

Solution:

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